Notices
 
 

  

User Tag List

Thread: How to replace lenses on VW Golf Mk 7

Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. How to replace lenses on VW Golf Mk 7 
    #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Location
    United Kingdom
    Posts
    11
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quoted
    1 Post(s)
    The headlamps (Bi-Xenon type) on my VW Golf Mark 7 work fine but the lenses are extremely faded and scratched. I have attempted restoring them but not successful. A number of on-line stores (EBay, Amazon etc) list replacement lenses for sale and I would like to try using these before I resort to buying complete (and expensive) headlamp units. I know the lenses are sealed into the headlamp body using butyl sealant and have viewed a couple of YouTube videos which demonstrate how to remove/replace lenses by heating the complete headlamp unit in an oven to soften the seal. Can anyone provide their experience (good and bad!) of doing this on a Golf Mk7 and any tips? Tx
    Last edited by forestpct; 16-11-2023 at 05:07 PM. Reason: Incorrect post
     
    0 0 0
     

  2. Re: How to replace lenses on VW Golf Mk 7 
    #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Nottingham, England
    Posts
    41,591
    Post Thanks / Like
    Blog Entries
    4
    Mentioned
    102 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Quoted
    1724 Post(s)
    I have never failed to be able to restore lenses, what have you used?
    Anthropogenic climate change, the biggest con inflicted on mankind since religion...

    Slava Ukraini
    !


     
    0 0 0
     

  3. Re: How to replace lenses on VW Golf Mk 7 
    #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Location
    United Kingdom
    Posts
    11
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quoted
    1 Post(s)
    I've tried an of the shelf restoration kit but with no success. Taking car to a body shop that does headlight restoration so hopefully can do better than my effort. One of the units has some blemishes on the inside of the lens from accidental water ingress - any tips on how they can be removed?
     
    0 0 0
     

  4. Re: How to replace lenses on VW Golf Mk 7 
    #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Nottingham, England
    Posts
    41,591
    Post Thanks / Like
    Blog Entries
    4
    Mentioned
    102 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Quoted
    1724 Post(s)
    I wash the unit out with distilled water and a drop of dishwasher rinse aid then blow dry with compressed air and a hair dryer, works well. I tend to only do headlight restoration on my own cars or when new ones are silly money as the time involved doesn’t add up for a customers car. My Octavia’s covers were crazing in the actual polycarbonate which I see occasionally and new OE units so affordable I didn’t bother trying but yours are daft money. ECP sell a couple of systems and their OPTIMA wipe kit is excellent at quickly restoring to a clear lens but usually I take the units out, hold them one the bench as use plastic polish an a bodywork buffing G Mop by Farecla. For covers that are badly marked I start by using a hard foam block and the palm of my hand and can start as rough as 400 grit working my way up to 4000 but one headlight can take three hours you I have to balance that against 70 an hour. You get splatted head to foot in the polish.
    Anthropogenic climate change, the biggest con inflicted on mankind since religion...

    Slava Ukraini
    !


     
    0 0 0
     

  5. Re: How to replace lenses on VW Golf Mk 7 
    #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    Ireland
    Posts
    53
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quoted
    3 Post(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by forestpct View Post
    The headlamps (Bi-Xenon type) on my VW Golf Mark 7 work fine but the lenses are extremely faded and scratched. I have attempted restoring them but not successful. A number of on-line stores (EBay, Amazon etc) list replacement lenses for sale and I would like to try using these before I resort to buying complete (and expensive) headlamp units. I know the lenses are sealed into the headlamp body using butyl sealant and have viewed a couple of YouTube videos which demonstrate how to remove/replace lenses by heating the complete headlamp unit in an oven to soften the seal. Can anyone provide their experience (good and bad!) of doing this on a Golf Mk7 and any tips? Tx
    How old is your mk7 that the headlights are this badly faded?
     
    0 0 0
     

  6. Re: How to replace lenses on VW Golf Mk 7 
    #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Location
    United Kingdom
    Posts
    11
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quoted
    1 Post(s)
    It is a 2014 model and it's my restoration efforts that have made them worse! So my options are:

    1. Body shop is successful in restoring them
    2. Buy just replacement lenses that are available through Amazon/EBay etc and trust that I can successfully remove the old lenses and reseal unit with new ones
    3. Buy replacements for the complete unit (but the car is fitted with the VW Lighting Package (Bi-Xenon bulbs, Adaptive Lighting etc) and I'm finding it difficult to find any after market replacements that I can be certain are compatible. (The harness connector is 14-pin which I believe is different to the standard halogen units).

    Any comments/ideas most welcome!
     
    0 0 0
     

Similar Threads

  1. Headlight lenses
    By sam.bird3 in forum Audi A4 - B6 Forum - 2002 - 2005
    Replies: 30
    Last Post: 27-02-2013, 10:21 AM
  2. Plastic headlamp lenses
    By fourringsrus in forum Audi A4 - B6 Forum - 2002 - 2005
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 06-10-2012, 11:08 PM
  3. Clear indicator lenses for Cab
    By bestcara1 in forum Audi Cabrio - Coupe - Quattro's - UR Quattro
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 21-03-2009, 10:25 PM
  4. Rear Lenses
    By micalee in forum A6 - S6 - RS6 - - Archive Topics
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 17-11-2008, 08:37 PM
  5. Golf: dark indicator-in-mirror lenses
    By cartwrim in forum Chat - Anything with wheels
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 06-10-2008, 09:58 AM
Tags for this Thread

View Tag Cloud

Bookmarks
Bookmarks
Posting Permissions
  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  


 



  


Disclaimer: VW Audi Forum is an "independant enthusiast website", administered in line with guidelines supplied by VAG in the UK, and is in no way related to any of the Worldwide Volkswagen,Audi,Seat,Skoda,Bentley,Bugatti,Porsche or Lamborghini group of Companies. For official up to date information on any of there vehicles, please visit the official websites. Any comments made throughout this website, are the views of the respective poster, and in no way represent the views of the VW Audi Forum Administration, or the worldwide Volkswagen & Audi Group of companies.


VW Audi Forum do not vet and are not responsible for any information which is posted in this forum. All content is viewed and used by you at your own risk and we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of any of the information.


Copyright: Certain "words", "phrases" and "Images" used on this website by the Administration are "Copyright" of Volkswagen GB, Volkswagen AG (Germany), Audi GB, Audi AG (Germany), Volkswagen Motorsport GB, Volkswagen Motorsport AG (Germany), Audi Motorsport AG (Germany), Volkswagen Racing GB, Bentley, Bugatti, Porsche and Lamborghini. No image can be replicated by anyone WITHOUT the relevant Companies written permission.


All trademarks and copyrights remain property of their respective owners.

No part of the VW Audi Forum website or forum may be reproduced without written permission from the site administration


PLEASE NOTE - PERSONAL ABUSE, ABUSE AGAINST THIS OR ANY OTHER WEBSITE OR ANY COMPANY WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. OFFENDERS WILL BE MODERATED OR EVEN BANNED.


This website and forum are best viewed at a minimum resolution of 1024 by 768.



  



- VW AUDI Forum - The #1 Volkswagen (VW) Group Forum - Volkswagen (VW) - Audi - Seat - Skoda - Bentley - Bugatti - Lamborghini - Porsche - Scania - MAN - Ducatti - VW Audi Forum -


- www.vwaudiforum.co.uk - www.vwaudiforum.co.uk -